The Diploma in Music Performance aims to equip students and aspiring musicians with the necessary foundational knowledge and competencies in music performance. The modules within the course help lay the groundwork for their development into critical reflective musicians by covering the following key areas: performance, theory, music history and musicianship. Students will also be equipped with the necessary business and entrepreneurial skill sets to pursue successful careers in the contemporary music industry.
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
– Demonstrate proficiency on their instrument of choice that is equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 or better
– Possess music theory proficiency that is equivalent to ABRSM Grade 8 or better for Classical students, or pop music theory proficiency that is equivalent to Rock School Grade 8 or better for Pop students
– Exhibit intermediate musicianship and ensemble skills
– Successfully promote oneself as an independent artist
Alternatively, all modules can be taken individually as short certificate courses. To apply for this course or to request for a Course Prospectus, please proceed here.
Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive a Diploma in Music Performance
Full Time (12 months)
Part Time (18 months)
Full-Time: 3 hour tutorials conducted 5 times a week on weekdays/ weeknights
Part-Time: Tutorials conducted 3 – 4 times a week on weeknights
Intake commences every mid-April and mid-October of the year.
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Course Structure and Outline
- Module 1 – Private Instruction (30 credits)
Students will be given private instruction in their principle study instrument. These 1-to-1 lessons will enhance their competency on their instrument of choice by means of emphasis on technical work and performance ability. The materials covered for each instrument will reference the corresponding ABRSM or Rock School syllabus.
- Module 2 – Ensemble (20 credits)
This module enhances the musician’s collaborative music-making skills and enables them to be able to play well with other people in an ensemble setting. This is achieved through their involvement in a range of ensembles. Students will record down their ensemble involvement and activity in a learning journal, which further encourages critical reflection of the development of their ensemble-playing skills.
- Module 3 – Fundamentals of Music Theory (5 credits)
Students will be taught a strong foundation of music theory and harmonic concepts derived from classical and contemporary teachings. Some of the topics covered include scale and mode construction, rhythms and time signatures, key signatures, intervals, chord construction, and the principles of harmonic progressions.
- Module 4 – Introduction to Music Technology (5 credits)
This module will cover an overview of current technology in relation to music. It provides students with a fundamental understanding of the principles and theories of sound, as well as Pro Tools, the industry standard digital audio workstation for recording and digital audio production. Through a series of lecture sessions and in-class demonstration, students will be taught topics such as frequency response, bit depth and sample rate, understanding different audio file formats and basic signal flow.
- Module 5 – Musicianship and Aural I (3 credits)
Students will train their ears and improve on their musicality and musicianship through the Solfege, sight-singing and rhythmic exercises covered in this module.
- Module 6 – Musicianship and Aural II (3 credits)
This module builds on Musicianship and Aural I to endow students with a secure grasp of more advanced musicianship and aural concepts, covering up to Grade 8 of the ABRSM syllabus.
- Module 7 – Classical Music Theory and Harmony (12 credits)
This module introduces students to more advanced music theory concepts and will content up to ABRSM Music Theory Grade 8 standard. Some of the topics include figured bass realization, voice-leading, SABT writing, music analysis and instrumental writing.
- Module 8 – Pop Music Theory and Harmony (12 credits)
This module covers advanced contemporary music theory and harmony concepts. Students will learn about more advanced principles and concepts included complex music notation, advanced popular music harmony, harmonic and melodic tensions, chromatically altered chords and chord substitutions.
- Module 9 – Classical Music History (5 credits)
This module provides students with an overview of the 4 key periods in Western Classical Music, as well as certain key movements in classical music history. Students will be introduced to notable composers and their key works, as well as the socio-political and economic circumstances that shaped the development of western music from the 16th – 19th centuries.
- Module 10 – Contemporary Music History (5 credits)
This module provides students with an overview of key contemporary music genres and movements, from impressionism, minimalism, nationalism and serialism in music to popular music genres such as Pop, Rock, Jazz and RnB. Students will learn how to identify the definitive stylistic traits of the range of musical genres and works studied.
- Module 11 – Keyboard Skills I (5 credits)
This module will equip students with fundamental keyboard skills. Using a range of pop songs, students will learn to construct, read and play triads and 7th chords. This module is an elective for students taking the Diploma in Music Performance.
- Module 12 – Vocal Techniques (5 credits)
An introduction to vocal techniques, this module is specially designed for singer-songwriters and aims to teach students the fundamental elements of singing using current pop songs: control, intonation, diction, tone quality and phrasing. Warm-up exercises and singing in Solfege will also be covered in this module. This module is an elective for students taking the Diploma in Music Performance.
- Module 13 – Guitar Skills (5 credits)
In order to be a versatile songwriter, it is important to be able to write songs using both the keyboard and guitar. This module teaches and prepares students to be able to read and play basic chords, strumming patterns and simple major scales on the guitar. Through hands-on training, this module aims to get students to be comfortable playing the guitar and eventually writing songs on the guitar. This module is an elective for students taking the Diploma in Music Performance.
- Module 14 – Introduction to Music Business (6 credits)
This module provides students with an essential overview of the contemporary music industry, and how it is constantly evolving due to recent significant developments, most notably technological advancements and the internet. Students will also gain an awareness of how they can achieve success for themselves and their songs as an independent artist, using the range of tools and accessible platforms available today.
- Module 15 – Professional Development (6 credits)
This module guides students in their development as reflective and capable individuals in their desired fields by equipping them with essential practical and industry-relevant skill sets. Students are also encouraged to take concrete steps to develop themselves professionally through internal and external projects and training workshops. Selected students will also be given the opportunity to intern with the School’s industry links.
- Module 16 – Collaborative Project (15 credits)
In this module, students will be given individual instruction and guidance as they prepare and progress through their final portfolio of a 3-song production album with students from other disciplines. It encourages them to utilize and further develop upon all the skills and techniques that they had picked up earlier in the academic year, and provides them with the opportunity to kick-start their professional careers in the industry.
The instructor to student ratio is 1 instructor to 10 students.
At least 16 years old
Academic Entry Requirements:
– Minimum of 3 GCE O-level credits with grade C6 and above, or completion of 10 years of formal education, or its international equivalent
– Candidates with a NITEC or Higher NITEC Certificate will have to complete and pass the SOMA’s Certificate Course in ‘Songwriting’, ‘Audio Engineering’ or ‘Electronic Music Production’ in order to be eligible for admission to the Diploma courses
– Minimum ABRSM, Trinity or LCM Grade 5 Performance or equivalent
– Minimum ABRSM, Trinity or LCM Grade 3 Music Theory or equivalent
Language Entry Requirements:
– International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 4.5, or
– GCE ‘N’/’O’ Level English Language – grade C6 and above, or
– Other English Language Proficiency Tests (TOEFL etc.) will be considered on a case by case basis
Students will need to achieve minimally a 50% pass to be awarded the credits for each module and obtain a total of 120 credits in order to graduate.
Local Students are required to meet a minimum of 80% attendance for each module in order to complete the course.
Foreign Students are required to meet a minimum of 90% attendance for each module in order to complete the course.
|Fee Particulars||Fee Amount|
|Application Fee (Local Student)||SGD 300|
|Application Fee (International Student)||SGD 480|
|Tuition Fee||SGD 12, 888|
|Laptop and Computer Program Bundle||SGD 3, 000|
|Administrative Fee (Local Student)||SGD 380|
|Administrative Fee (International Student)||SGD 880|